US Department of Justice Department of Justice PGA Tour for LIV Golf Behavior

Scheduled Tribes. ANDREWS, Scotland – The United States Department of Justice has launched an inquiry into whether PGA Tour is involved in competitive behavior during the handling of its players and the fight with LIV Golf, funded by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund. New circuit.

According to player agents contacted by DOJ officials, the PGA Tour’s actions in relation to the official world golf rankings have been focused on, warnings to players considering joining LIV golf, and the suspension imposed on players were excluded by the tour. Commissioner Jai Monahan.

A PGA Tour spokesman confirmed the DOJ’s investigation to ESPN. The Wall Street Journal detailed the first investigation Monday.

“This was not unexpected,” the PGA Tour statement said. “We went through this in 1994 and we are sure of the same result.”

A player’s agent told ESPN on Monday that he was first contacted by DOJ officials about three weeks ago. His client left the PGA Tour to join LIV Golf. Due to the sensitive nature of the investigation, the agent did not want to reveal his or the player’s identity.

“They have started investigating the PGA Tour and they want to know [my client] Will be willing to attend a confidential and voluntary interview, ”the agent said. “They wanted to ask about its interaction with the PGA Tour during the development of LIV Golf.”

The agent said the DOJ lawyer “was like a dog with bones. They’re on it. I hope they dig as deep as possible because they’re on all of this. I can tell.”

Monahan has indefinitely suspended more than 20 players who participated in the first two events of LIV Golf in London and Portland, Oregon, without providing a conflict-event release. These include former major champions Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeu, Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson.

Some players were lured into LIV Golf by signing up for a पेक्षा 100 million bonus and a $ 25 million purse for each event.

Some players, including former Masters champions Patrick Reed and Garcia, have resigned from the tour.

According to another agent, one of the issues to be closely scrutinized by the DOJ is whether the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and major companies are plotting to deny LIV players official World Golf Ranking Points. The 48 players who participated in the first two LIV tournaments were not awarded points in the world rankings.

Three players, including longtime PGA Tour member Ian Poulter, were barred by a British court from competing in last week’s Scottish Open. He was banned from playing in events co-approved by PGA Tour and DP World Tour.

In 1994, the Federal Trade Commission investigated whether PGA Tour violated federal laws by requiring its commissioner to allow its members to play in outdoor events and appear on other golf TV programs. The FTC concluded the investigation without penalizing the PGA Tour.

LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman, a two-time Open Champion, has argued that professional golfers are independent contractors and should be allowed to play wherever they want.

“Of course you’re having fun,” Norman wrote in a letter to Monahan in February, “and of course, your lawyers on the PGA Tour will hold their breath. As widely reported, you have threatened players on the PGA Tour, all of whom are independent contractors, if they decide to play golf they will be banned for life. League sponsored by someone other than the Tour.

“But when you try to intimidate and bully players, you’re guilty of going too far, you’re unfair, and you’re violating federal law.”

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